The Divine Planner (Exodus 26-27)

30 Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain. Exodus 26:30

Often the chapters before us (26-27) are at best skimmed over by those who follow a Bible Reading Plan.  Now, I understand the reasoning of those who say, the tabernacle is no longer in use so what is the value in reading about it.  But I also understand what Paul wrote, “All scripture is profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction, and in training for righteousness,” II Tim. 3:16.

Every verse of Scripture brings forth profit for those who read and obey its directions.  So, let’s figure out the profit here.  As we read the text we discover there is both a Divine Designer and a divine design.

God is the divine designer and the Tabernacle was His divine design.

Several points come from this that are profitable:

  1. This is for our training.  Back in chapter 25 (Vs: 8) God’s people were told to build exactly the pattern.  Three times in our text for the day the people were reminded of God’s divine design.

In every part of our day God has a divine design for our day.  The question is, will we allow Him to train us so that we can see the design as well as carry out the design?

2. This is for our teaching.  The book of Hebrews (8:5) teaches us that the Tabernacle was simply God’s pattern for what was coming.  Jesus would come to God the Father in the Heavenly Tabernacle and offer Himself as payment for our sin (Hebrews 9:11-15).

Each time the people would come to the tabernacle they were giving forth the picture of what was coming. Each day God’s Word is our teacher.

3. This is for our reproof and correction.  I confess there are somedays when I fail to consult the Divine Designer about every part of the day.  There are moments when I plan what I want to do in the day.  These chapters remind me, I am called to be a servant and a servant receives orders, he or she does not set the schedule.

Here is our takeaway:

  1. Begin every day with Bible reading and prayer.  In this way we connect with our Divine Designers plans.
  2. Seek to do His will.  In this way we walk in constant fellowship as our Divine Designer directs our steps.
  3. Carry out His will in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Take a moment and see how Jeremiah teaches us this same truth:

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[b] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13

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